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January 10, 2012
Dr Rock & Latin Rock, Inc presents SF's hometown Latin/Pop/Rock/Balada favorite
Tues, Jan 10
8pm $12 advance / $15 door
Growing up infused by the sounds of Salsa, Bolero, Ballads, Rock, Hip-Hop and R&B, Carlos Xavier's ear training and knack for music began at a young age. Influenced by his father Carlos, a Nicaraguan born former bar singer in San Francisco and brother Michael, a former Bay Area Hip-Hop DJ, music was instilled in his daily life growing up. All the different genres and musical rhythms finally became Carlos’ blood at the age of 16 when singing turned into his passion. The San Francisco born Carlos Xavier began singing at family events where he was embraced with a tremendous response from his family and friends. In 1998 Carlos joined his first band “Orquesta Kache”, singing at all the major salsa clubs in the Bay Area.
Carlos wrote and recorded his first song in Lima, Peru entitled “Marchate” which was featured on the compilation CD “Salsa in the City”. While attending Cal State Hayward University majoring in Music, Carlos began progressing rapidly. The classically trained singer began gaining recognition from colleagues and fellow musicians leading to various singing opportunities. While with Kache, Carlos joined a Latin rock, R&B band “Spectrum”. There he recorded “Feel My Passion” and “ Come Dance with Me” featured on the album titled “The Dream”. Carlos’ versatility for singing did not stop with his Latin roots. He also sang and recorded for the Hip-Hop group The Arkyvz, recording “Y Cuando Bailas” and “Mi Gente”, featured on the album “Tha Paypa Work”. After four years with “Orquesta Kache”, Carlos Joined a newly formed band “La Verdad” where he began to craft his “sonero” skills.
The natural ballad singer was then offered the opportunity to perform on the Princess Cruises forming the band “Son Libre”. With Son Libre he performed daily at a dance lounge on the ship. Traveling all of the Caribbean and Central America, Carlos toured on the ship for four months. In his return at the end of 2003, Carlos then joined Bay Area powerhouse salsa band “Orquesta Borinquen “ where he was embraced into a family environment of musicians and the Nicaraguan Carlos Xavier felt at home. While with “Orquesta Borinquen”, Carlos was offered another great opportunity to join Six Degrees Records signed artists “Los Mocosos”. With “Los Mocosos”, Carlos was able to branch out into the Latin-Rock Genre and tour the country and parts of the world, sharing the stage with great bands such as Cubanisimo, The Wailers, Parliament Funkadelic, Michael Franti & Spearhead and many more. Carlos Xavier the lead singer for “Orquesta Borinquen” is featured on the CD titled “El Trombonista” also a titled track on the CD written by Carlos. Carlos is trying to reach fans and audiences by his pure and passionate vocals. However, he is bringing all his previous band experiences to lead his band and make a great sound.
In a nut shell, Carlos has lead the stage singing in Australia with Los Mocosos at the "East Coast Blues and Roots Festival", singing in the Caribbean’s on cruise ships for months at a time, touring parts of the US and Canada, and while not on the road, a weekly local nightclub performer. Consider the past few years great experience and training for Carlos who is ready to unleash himself as a solo artist. Utilizing his musicianship and his gained knowledge Carlos’ band brings an exciting, yet very unique sound. It’s a sound a Latin born and raised in the urban United States can completely understand, but it also brings a new light to Latinos in Central and South America. The genre of Latin/Pop/Rock/Balada is ready to embrace the new sound of Carlos Xavier. Not a sound created, but a sound felt and developed by passion and the want to please souls.